"We need to end mass incarceration so that we can focus on the root of the issues, and begin to look at solutions, as opposed to contributing to this punishment paradigm."
Senior Director of Education and Programs at Columbia University’s Center for Justice
Commit yourself to #DropTheFBomb and refuse to use “felon” or any demeaning labels when talking about people who are or were incarcerated. Encourage others to #DropTheFBomb too!
Tips for being conscious of your language when referring to people directly impacted by incarceration:
- Always use nonjudgmental language that honors the dignity and worth of each person, such as a “person who is incarcerated” or a “person who is formerly incarcerated”
- Avoid using stigmatizing language such as inmate, prisoner, felon, offender, convict, ex-con, or criminal
Support Directly Impacted Families
Please follow and support these organizations doing critical work related to directly impacted families:
- New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents (NYCIP) at the Osborne Association – NYCIP created a wonderful Resource Toolkit including a list of Recommended Books For and About Children of Incarcerated Parents
- Hour Children
- New Hour for Women and Children – Long Island
- Echoes of Incarceration